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Friday, June 09, 2017
New Zealand Rugby Country
NEW ZEALAND RUGBY COUNTRY
How the Game Shaped Our Nation
Author: Desmond Wood
Release Date: 9 June 2017
ISBN: 978 1 86953 927 6
How a small nation at the foot of the globe achieved and maintains its status at the top of an international sport is integral to the story of this country. Rugby permeates our society and its ethos sums up much of what it means to be a New Zealander. Or does it?
Des Wood examines these assertions and explores the narrative of how a nation of four-and-a half million people became ‘Rugby Country’ in this thoughtful and well-researched book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Des Wood is a graduate in both History, M A (Hons), and Law, Llb (Hons), from the University of Canterbury. A member of the Australian Society for Sports History and the British Society for Sports History he has previously published in history, exploring the relationships between the history of sport and society. He is the author of the well-received Fringe of Heaven, the Centennial History of the Titirangi Golf Club. Des practises as a barrister in Auckland.